Microsoft KB Archive/172258

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Article ID: 172258

Article Last Modified on 11/23/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition

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In Microsoft Excel 97, if you run a Visual Basic for Applications macro that is designed to add a chart object to a worksheet, you may receive the following error message:

This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.
If the problem persists, contact the program vendor.

If you click Details, you receive an error message similar to the following:

EXCEL caused an invalid page fault in module EXCEL.EXE at


This problem occurs if the Visual Basic macro contains a line of code similar to either of the following:

   ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add "Excel.Chart.8"
   ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add "Excel.Chart"


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To add a chart to a worksheet, use code similar to the following:

   Set xSheet = ActiveSheet
   ActiveChart.Location Where:=xlLocationAsObject, Name:=xSheet.Name


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


When you write Visual Basic macros in Microsoft Excel 97, you can use the Add method of the OLEObjects collection to add an object from another program (for example, a Microsoft Word document) to a sheet in a workbook. For example, you can use the following line of code to add a Microsoft Word document to the active worksheet in a workbook:

   ActiveSheet.OLEObjects.Add "Word.Document"

Note that you cannot use this method to add a Microsoft Excel chart to a worksheet in a workbook. Instead, use the code in the "Workaround" section in this article.

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